Monday, March 12, 2007
The Temple Mount
artist's rendition of the underground chambers of the Temple Mount
One of the most famous and disputed places in the world: the Temple Mount. The current platform of the Temple Mount, on which the Dome of the Rock is located, and Al Aqsa mosque, is a physical manifestation of the manner in which Islam, Christianity, and Judaism built upon one another over time.
Mohammed's night journey
Indeed, the site is sacred to Muslims not only because of Mohammed's night journey, but because the site was holy to Christians and Jews. Jesus, David, and Solomon are all considered prophets in Islam; moreover, the site was one of the first places where the "people of the book" began to worship one god.